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The Philadelphia Orchestra Gives the Gift of Music this Holiday Season

November 15, 2018

Festive highlights include the Glorious Sound of Christmas,

Yannick conducting Messiah, and concerts for the whole family

(Philadelphia, November 15, 2018)—ʼTis the season to be … musical! The holiday spirit will come alive in Verizon Hall beginning this November as The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a fun-filled lineup of holiday programming. The most wonderful time of the year begins with Copland Appalachian Spring (November 23 & 24), an all-American program for the whole family this Thanksgiving weekend, featuring a newly finished version of the complete Appalachian Spring for large orchestra. December will kick off with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting an Orchestra tradition, Yannick Conducts Messiah (December 6, 8, and 9), followed by Bramwell Tovey leading Amahl and the Night Visitors (December 13 & 15). The festivities continue with Organ and Brass Christmas (December 14) and the annual Christmas Kids’ Spectacular Family Concert (December 15), with special appearances by Santa Claus and the new mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, Gritty! It wouldn’t be the holidays without The Glorious Sound of Christmas® (December 20-23) led by Father Christmas himself, Bramwell Tovey. Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Fabulous Philadelphians will then ring in 2019 with the annual New Year’s Eve (December 31) concert. But the holiday fun doesn’t have to end once the ball drops! Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II (January 4-6) is the perfect concert to bring the kids to as the beloved Looney Tunes delightfully close the holiday season. Tickets can be purchased online at www.philorch.org, by phone at 215.893.1999, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Prices and availability vary by event.

In the spirit of giving, the Orchestra is participating in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ “Warmth in Winter” donation drive with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown through December 27. Guests are asked to donate hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves to help the youth in Philadelphia’s shelter system. Donations can be dropped off at designated donation boxes in the Kimmel Center lobby. “Warmth in Winter” is a Program Partner of Urban Affairs Coalition.   

Fans are also reminded that the best gift this holiday season is the gift of music! Concert tickets and gift certificates make great gifts for loved ones. The Orchestra will hold a Cyber Monday sale on November 26, during which most individual concert tickets will be available for $49 with no additional fees. For more details, visit www.philorch.org.

2018 Philadelphia Orchestra Holiday Programming

Copland Appalachian Spring

November 23 at 8:00 PM––Friday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 24 at 8:00 PM—Saturday evening—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Garrick Ohlsson Piano

Heggie                         Moby-Dick, Orchestral Suite

Barber                         Piano Concerto

Copland                       Appalachian Spring (complete, large orchestra version)

You may think you know Appalachian Spring, but the newly completed version performed here is the complete chamber ballet score orchestrated for a large ensemble (Eugene Ormandy himself asked Copland to expand the orchestration a half century ago). Consider it our “simple gift” to you! Our good friend, Cristian Măcelaru leads this all-American program. He’s arranged a suite from Jake Heggie’s opera Moby-Dick (“a masterpiece of clarity and intensity”—San Francisco Chronicle). Garrick Ohlsson brings his impressive talent to the Barber Piano Concerto, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1963.

 

Yannick Conducts Messiah

December 6 at 7:30 PM––Thursday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 8 at 8:00 PM—Saturday evening—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 9 at 2:00 PM—Sunday afternoon—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Carolyn Sampson Soprano

Christophe Dumaux Countertenor

Jonas Hacker Tenor

Philippe Sly Bass-baritone

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Joe Miller Director

Handel                         Messiah

Handel’s immortal oratorio as you’ve never experienced it! One of music’s greatest Christmas traditions comes to life, with Yannick leading a brilliant array of singers and musicians. Our soloists include the exciting Baroque specialist Carolyn Sampson, lyrical countertenor Christophe Dumaux, the versatile Jonas Hacker, and the brilliant Philippe Sly, beautifully supported by the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Hallelujah!

This concert is part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

 

Amahl and the Night Visitors

December 13 at 7:30 PM––Thursday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 15 at 8:00 PM––Saturday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Bramwell Tovey Conductor and Narrator

Dante Michael DiMaio Boy Soprano (Amahl)

Renée Tatum Mezzo-soprano (Mother)

Andrew Stenson Tenor (King Caspar)

Brandon Cedel Bass-baritone (King Melchoir)

David Leigh Bass (King Balthazar)

Philadelphia Symphonic Choir

Amanda Quist Director

Omer Ben Seadia Stage director

Walton                        Crown Imperial (Coronation March)

Britten                        The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Menotti                        Amahl and the Night Visitors

Bramwell Tovey brings his delightful spirit to this charming program that’s just right for kids of all ages. Britten’s Young Person’s Guide is surely the most enjoyable music-appreciation class ever, especially under Tovey’s enchanted baton (he also delivers the captivating narration). Once an annual staple on network television, Amahl tells the story of Christmas through a shepherd boy’s encounter with the Magi, as they journey to meet a miraculous newborn child. You’ll never forget this mystical encounter with the three Night Visitors. The program kicks off with the royally inspired Crown Imperial for orchestra and organ.

The December 15 concert is sponsored by Medcomp.

This concert is part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

 

Organ and Brass Christmas

December 14 at 7:00 PM––Friday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Brass Section

Kensho Watanabe Conductor

Peter Richard Conte Organ

Gabrieli                       “O magnum mysterium”

J.S. Bach                    “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

St. Thomas Aquinas    “Tantum ergo”

Traditional                   “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”

Traditional                   “Gloucestershire Wassail”

Redner                         “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Traditional                   “Ding Dong Merrily on High”

Traditional                   “The Wexford Carol”

Gabrieli                       Canzon duodecimi toni

Traditional                   “I Saw Three Ships”

Mendelssohn               “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

Scheidt                        “In dulci jubilo”

Traditional                   “The First Nowell”

Lauridsen                    “O magnum mysterium”

Herbert                        “March of the Toys,” from Babes in Toyland

Traditional                   “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Traditional                   “What Child Is This”/”Coventry Carol”

Traditional                   “The Holly and the Ivy”

Various                         Suite of Carols

The virtuosity of our amazing Philadelphia brass section joins forces with the magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ to celebrate the holidays. This incredible combination of sounds will feature music spanning hundreds of years, from the Renaissance to today’s beloved carols. Enjoy the infinite combinations of colors and textures of this ensemble and sing along with your favorite holiday melodies.

This concert is part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

 

Christmas Kids’ Spectacular Family Concert

December 15 at 11:30 AM––Saturday morning––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Kensho Watanabe Conductor

Charlotte Blake Alston Storyteller

Rock School for Dance Education

New Jersey Boychoir and Garden State Girlchoir

Steven Fisher Director

Mason                               “Joy to the World”

Tchaikovsky                     Selections from The Nutcracker

Various                             A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along

Anderson                         Sleigh Ride

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so deck the halls and dash through the snow to Verizon Hall for a festive celebration! The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual Christmas Kids’ Spectacular will fill your stockings with the favorite sounds of the season, including Sleigh Ride, A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along, and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

 

The Glorious Sound of Christmas®

December 20 at 7:00 PM––Thursday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 21 at 7:00 PM—Friday evening—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 22 at 7:00 PM—Saturday evening—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 23 at 2:00 PM—Sunday afternoon—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Bramwell Tovey Conductor and Piano

John Viscardi Baritone

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Paul Rardin Artistic Director

Vaughan Williams       Fantasia on Christmas Carols, for baritone, chorus, and orchestra

Mendelssohn               “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

Traditional                   “Good King Wenceslas”

Tchaikovsky                “March,” from The Nutcracker

Holst                            “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Traditional                   “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy”

Hairston                      “Mary’s Boy Child”

Moore                          “The Night Before Christmas,” a poem with music

Rimsky-Korsakov       Polonaise, from Christmas Eve

Pierpont                      Jingle Bells Overture

Gruber                        “Silent Night”

Tovey                          “The Rittenhouse Carol”

Anderson                     Sleigh Ride

Tormé                          “The Christmas Song”

Traditional                   “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”

Wade                           “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

This is the holiday concert, combining treasured yuletide favorites with the brilliant virtuosity of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Many people look forward to this festive season highlight all year. (Maybe Bramwell Tovey isn’t really Father Christmas, but are they ever seen in the same room together?) Make it your family tradition!

These concerts are presented by Wells Fargo with additional support from Delta Airlines.

 

New Year’s Eve

December 31 at 7:30 PM––Monday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Kimberly Fisher Violin

J. Strauss, Jr.              Overture to Die Fledermaus

Bernstein                     Paris Waltz, from Candide

Sibelius                       Valse triste

J. Strauss, Jr.             “Voices of Spring” Waltz

Anderson                    The Waltzing Cat

Brahms                        Selections from Liebeslieder Waltzes

J. Strauss, Jr.              “Champagne” Polka

Kreisler                       “Liebesfreud,” for violin and orchestra

Kreisler                       Schön Rosmarin,” for violin and orchestra

Kreisler                       Liebesleid,” for violin and orchestra

Rodgers                       “The Carousel Waltz,” from Carousel

Tchaikovsky                Waltz, from Swan Lake

J. Strauss, Jr.              “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” Waltz

J. Strauss, Jr.              “Radetzky” March

We can’t think of a better way to ring in 2019. Join Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians for an evening of waltzing around the world. From the shimmering grandeur of Vienna to the bright lights of Broadway to the serene beauty of Helsinki, get your New Year off to the perfect start!

 

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

January 4 at 7:00 PM––Friday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

January 5 at 7:00 PM—Saturday evening—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

January 6 at 2:00 PM—Sunday afternoon—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

George Daugherty Conductor

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner—while their extraordinary original scores are played LIVE by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conducted by George Daugherty and created by Daugherty and David Ka Llk Wong, this new concert (and its predecessors Bugs Bunny on Broadway and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony) have delighted millions of concertgoers around the world, and spotlights acclaimed classics like What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, and Rhapsody Rabbit, alongside eye-popping brand new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts Rabid Rider and Coyote Falls. Plus special guest stars Tom and Jerry!

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.(s18)

 

 

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